Pintail plate funds conservation scholarships in Ark.
for any expenses to implement your plan? Do you know how to get in touch with contractors to do the larger parts of the work like prescribed fire, mulching and thinning you may not be equipped to handle on your own?”
The last of those questions can sometimes be the biggest barrier for many small landowners. The willingness to improve wildlife habitat is strong with many people, but knowing where to get started can be daunting. When getting started means the use of heavy equipment, it can be extremely intimidating.
“That’s where the help of forestry consultants really plays a key role,” Lewis said. “Managing private land to enhance wildlife habitat is what they excel at, so they are the perfect tool to reaching these landowners’ goals.”
Jeremy Wood, turkey program coordinator for the AGFC, says the workshops were also a great way to build relationships with many people who can help the conservation effort through some of the agency’s new initiatives.
“In the last year, we’ve really ramped up our ability to collect information from the public to help get a better picture of turkey and quail reproductive success, harvest and habitat needs,” Wood said. “We have a relatively small staff of biologists to conduct scientific monitoring programs, but we can build upon their observations by establishing new contacts and working with the people who are on the ground all year.”
Wood says the participation from private landowners was very encouraging and similar landowner workshops will be planned for 2020 in other parts of the state.
LITTLE ROCK — A northern pintail, a favorite of many waterfowl hunters and birders, is featured on the 2019 Arkansas Game and Fish Commission license plate, the 20th in the series.
The pintail artwork is the first duck featured in the series since a mallard was chosen to grace the plate on the 2004 edition.
Matt Burns, assistant chief of education for the AGFC, says the pintail was one of a few options that were presented, and a final decision was made based on a few factors.
“It has been a long time since a waterfowl-themed plate was available, and ducks are one of the calling card species for Arkansas,” Burns said. “There were other species out there on existing plates, but no one had a pintail, and it’s just a really good-looking bird.”
Conservation license plates don’t just look good; they raise money for conservation concerns – about $1.2 million per year and more than $15 million since their inception.
Burns says the license plate revenue is used to fund many conservation scholarships and internships for students looking to learn more about careers in conservation.
“Conservation License Plate funds also are used for conservation education in schools, such as schoolyard habitat program grants,” Burns said. “Students and teachers work together to create wildlife-friendly landscapes on their school grounds, to attract and benefit pollinators like monarch butterflies and songbirds.”
Each plate costs $35 annually, $25 of which goes to the AGFC Conservation Scholarship Fund; the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration receives $10. Plates may be purchased from DFA, Office of Motor Vehicles Special License Unit, P.O. Box 1272, Little Rock, AR 72203. To purchase in person, visit any revenue office across the state. Call 501-682-4692 for details.
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